Topic: Battle of Pukehinahina/Gate Pā Essay Competition (2014)

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An essay competition on the Battle of Pukehinahina/Gate Pā is being held for the 150th commemoration of the battle in 2014 and is open to all Western Bay of Plenty secondary school students.

2014 Gate Pa essay competition flyer

Winners:

Why should we commemorate the Battle of Gate Pa of 29 April 1864? by Tayla Turner-Paki (winner of the senior section)

The Battle of Pukehinahina... what it means to me by Kalais Going (winner of the junior section)

What the Battle of Gate Pa Means to Me by Kayla Dawson (second in the junior section)

 

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Western Bay of Plenty secondary school students will be competing for $1,500 worth of prizes in the Battle of Gate Pa Essay Competition which launches this week.

Each College will be submitting their best entry for the junior and senior divisions to take out the title. The competition is one of the official events leading up to the 150th Battle of Gate Pa Commemoration on 29 April.

“What happened at Gate Pa in 1864 has a lot to do with the kind of place that Tauranga is today” says sponsor Ross Stanway, CEO of Eves Realty. The competition, which will be run in two divisions, has the topic of Why should we commemorate the Battle of Gate Pa of 29 April 1864? for senior essays (Years 11 – 13) and for the junior essays (Years 9 – 10): What the Battle of Gate Pa means to me.

“We think that Tauranga has a history and heritage that we would like to encourage students to find out about by doing a bit of homework about the battle and then putting the results of their investigations into an essay” Mr Stanway said. He said the essay competition was a companion to the Battle of Gate Pa Poetry Competition that the company is sponsoring, and both are part of an overall education effort directed mainly at schools.

Other education initiatives about the events of 1864, include a series of readings in primary schools by author Jenny Jenkins from her book Battle at the Gate; and Adult and Schools Art competitions. A secondary schools speech competition has also been organised.

Mr Stanway said that the essay competition would be judged by a panel of local historians headed up by Stephanie Smith from the Tauranga City Library. The winners will be announced on 22 April and the prizes awarded in the first week of May, just after commemoration week.

Contact:

Buddy Mikaere
buddy@manataiao.com
Phone 07 5724140 / 021 384620

 

The Senior Division for Years 11-13 asks the question "Why should we commemorate the Battle of Gate Pa of 29 April 1864?" Prize for 1st place is $750 whilst prize for 2nd place is $250.

The Junior Division for Years 9-10 asks the question "What the Battle of Gate Pa means to me."  Prize for 1st place is $350 whilst 2nd place is $150.

Essays are limited to 900 words or less.

Schools are invited to select their best essays in each division for the competition.

Closing date: 14 April 2014 for postal entries. Please post to:

Pukehinahina Charitable Trust
PO Box 11345
Palm Beach
PAPAMOA 3151

The winners will be announced on 22 April 2014 and presentations made to the winners at their school.

Proudly sponsored by:

  • Eves Realty
  • Pukehinahina Charitable Trust
  • Bay of Plenty Times

 

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Battle of Pukehinahina/Gate Pā Essay Competition (2014)


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